Neither the Boston Red Sox nor the Philadelphia Phillies are accustomed to spending much time at the bottom of the standings, and neither is playing like a last-place club right now.
The standings don't lie, though, and they say this weekend's interleague series at Citizens Bank Park is a matchup of cellar dwellers.
Cole Hamels will try to move the Phillies two games above .500 for the first time this season when he gets the ball Friday night, and given his recent performances and his track record against the Red Sox he seems likely to do just that.
Off to the best start of a stellar seven-year career, Hamels (5-1, 2.28 ERA) is trying to win a sixth consecutive decision for the first time. The Phillies have won each of his last six starts with Hamels compiling a 1.93 ERA.
The left-hander garnered a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Washington rookie Bryce Harper during a May 6 victory, but that ban only pushed his next start back one day. Hamels didn't miss a be...